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Original GEMINI Mythology: BIRTH OF THE TWINS

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Welcome back Astro-readers!

First & foremost, I would like to say

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

For the rest of June 2020, I will be donating 100% of my print shop profits to an organization dedicated to helping the Black Lives Matter cause. 

This is an extremely significant tipping point in our generation's history. I hope that each and every one of us is doing everything we can to educate ourselves & to make a change regarding the atrocious human rights violations that have been occurring around the world for centuries. 


I believe that Astrology and other mystical languages are playing a huge part in helping us learn self-awareness, self-love & true empathy towards others. Mercury recently going retrograde during the final days of Gemini makes me feel as though there is still importance in reflecting on this Astrological archetype.

So without further ado, join me in exploring the original Greco-Roman mythology of the Gemini Constellation...


In my last post, I explored the first Greco-Roman mythology story of Mercury/Hermes. Having tapped into this very intellectual & wordy energy, my mind has been racing trying to unpack all the subtle symbolisms behind the mythological themes of Gemini.

I hope you, reader, are ready to go down this infinite rabbit-hole of language analysis with me...


So, now that we have gotten to know a little more about our Planetary-God of Gemini, let's dive into the original Greek mythology of: The Constellation of The Twins.


BIRTH OF GEMINI

The story of how the twins were born - is one of the many seemingly disturbing, yet misunderstood, events within Greco-Roman mythology...

The King of the Gods & of Olympus - Zeus/Jupiter - was hilariously infamous for his erotic escapades. These encounters always resulted in Zeus creating offspring - in fact, the King of Olympus fathered almost 50 children. Some of them were born as divine royals & immortal gods, birthed by various goddesses.

However, most of Zeus' children were actually demigods, born to human women.

The God of the Skies was not always successful in hiding his infidelity from his wife, Juno/Hera, though not for a lack of trying... In fact, Zeus was disturbingly crafty in his attempts at discretion; he was often known throughout mythology to disguise himself while pursuing mistresses, by taking on the form of an animal.


In this story of The Gemini Twins, Zeus pursued a human woman named Leda - born as princess of Aetolia, Greece. When she became of age, Leda was married to the King of Sparta - a man named Tyndareus.

Shortly into their marriage, Leda became pregnant with the Spartan King's twins - though she did not know it yet...

One night, the unknowingly-pregnant Queen was resting on the banks of the River Eurotas. Looking down upon the angelic young queen, glowing with fertility beneath the moonlight, Zeus became uncontrollably bewitched by her beauty. Without a second thought, the God of Thunder embarked from Olympus down to Sparta, taking the form of a swan...


Leda & The Swan

And well, what can I say folks, other than that the Swan-Zeus mated with the poor young queen. Historical sources vary on weather or not this pursuit was consensual, but to think of this story too literally would be missing the point. Let's remember Zeus was most likely never a real person, nevertheless a swan. He is an archetype that represents the sky, lightning, the planet Jupiter, as well as many other symbolisms.


It is likely "Zeus mating with the Qeen of Sparta," was actually a symbolic description of celestial events. Perhaps Leda could see the planet Jupiter in the sky that night. She may have even seen a great bolt of lightning strike near the Spartan Kingdom. Maybe a swan was seen at the same time as this mysterious celestial event, and was therefore personified as Zeus himself.


Most likely (or perhaps, most cynically?), Leda had an affair that night & was somehow later discovered. Rather than revealing her lover's identity, she may have boldly decided to claim being pursued by Zeus, King of the Gods himself.

By the way, this lie would not only have guaranteed her innocence from adultery - Leda would have been congratulated and praised for being honored & favored by the Gods. If you think about it, it's really the ultimate Mercurial lie/trickery - getting herself out of a doomed position, to an extremely advantageous one...


Either way, we have to remember to navigate some of the stranger details of mythology -through re-framing them symbolically & poetically.

Not Twins, QUADRUPLETS

After Zeus... was satisfied, he left Leda at the River Eurota and returned to Olympus.

At that very moment, Leda went into labor, delivering two eggs.


That's right, eggs... yet again, we must think symbolically here.

We are not literally describing a human woman giving birth to swan eggs. Rather, this mythological story is using allegorical terms to describe - with extreme accuracy - a very scientific concept.

Through Leda giving birth to two "birdlike" eggs, the ancient Greeks were using accessible visual representation to describe Superfecundation.

Superfecundation is a very long and fancy word describing the phenomenon that occurs in the female uterus - when two of her eggs become fertilized separately by two different fathers. These rare pregnancies result in the birth of twins who are also half-siblings...

Trippy, huh?


The purpose of this symbolism is to describe that Leda will give birth to multiple children, from different fathers. To have been able to tell the story literally, the Greeks would have had to use scientific & biological terms that didn't really exist 3,000 years ago. Through ingenious use of symbolism & representation, the Greek storytellers described complex events while using the vocabulary available to them at the time - earthly nature, celestial events... & a whole lot of hedonistic sex.


Anyways, back to Leda, and her two hatching "swan eggs."

From one, emerged the demigod twins of Zeus; a boy who would be named Pollux & a girl who would be named Helen [later to be known as Helen of Troy].

Out of the second egg, hatched the mortal twins of King Tyndareus; a boy to be named Castor and a girl to be named Clytemnestra.

[gene table image]


GEMINI / DIOSCURI

Though the quadruplets would have had ample quality time all together in their early upbringing, it is likely they spent a large chunk of their developmental periods paired up separately by gender.


For example, as infants, the brothers - Castor & Pollux - would have likely shared their own crib, while their sisters - Helen & Clytemnestra - would have shared another. Modern psychology tells us that this huge amount skin-to-skin contact in early development, plays one of the most significant roles in creating the first relationships we have as humans: intimate familial bonds.


In fact, the amount of time that twins tend to spend together in their early first years are unprecedented compared to other familial dynamics.


Into their toddler years, the quadruplets may have then been paired off into separately gendered bedrooms - further limiting all the siblings' shared time together. A few years later, at the commencement of puberty, the brothers & sisters would have finally been completely split apart during most of their days, as they prepared separately for their adulthood royalty gender-roles of ancient Spartan culture.


Unfortunately, that's when Helen & Clytemnestra fade into the backgrounds of mythology, only to re-emerge when they were of marriage age... The ancient world was annoyingly sexist that way.

On the other hand, the brothers Castor & Pollux would continue to appear prominently in the ancient mythological stories. Throughout their upbringing, their fame grew, as they became widely known as incredibly bonded warriors & heroes. So much so, that they were given a joint name; The Dioscuri (Greek; the twins).

dios (gods) + kuroi (youths)

Later, in Roman mythology, their namesake became translated as The Gemini.


This extraordinary bond that occurs between siblings who grow up so intimately, is explained through a popular Gemini / twin urban legend:

telepathy...

Though the ancient mythology doesn't get into as many of the telepathic details as I would like, there are still many instances in Castor & Pollux's stories describing their mental supernatural link. For example, in the Legend of Jason & the Argonauts, the brothers decide to split up during their heroic venture. Pollux agreed to stay on the ship, while the rest of his party of heroes, including his brother Castor, would venture on-land in pursuit of a certain golden fleece..


It was important for Pollux to stay behind when he could be spared. Not for his safety, but for the unique skill he could provide the Aeronautic heroes. In staying behind, not only would the demigod Pollux be able to protect the ship, he would also be able to relay oracle messages to his brother Castor. Not only could the brothers mentally communicate with one another - it seems that due to his divine heritage, this supernatural ability manifested itself through the demigod twin's divine consciousness. He was linked to his brother, as well as the heavens of Olympus.


Even more interestingly, the demigod Pollux is said to have more than one way of connecting to the Olympian realm. Not only could he mentally communicate with the oracle, he would often even visit Olympus itself - more than any other demigod ever had. In mythology, Pollux is described as having the ability to "travel in the astral plane to Olympus." Though the trick was, he could only do it when he was asleep...

The really crazy part? If Castor was asleep at the same time as his twin brother, he could see Olympus as well, through the eyes of Pollux!

In this state of consciousness where the brothers are asleep, the demigod Gemini travels astrally while the mortal brother views his experiences telepathically. Their psychic connection would allow the human Gemini - Castor - to communicate with his brother's travelling consciousness!

I believe this version of the brothers' mental link is explaining another pair scientific/psychological phenomenons:

Astral Projection & Lucid Dreaming...

At this point, it should come as no surprise that the Astrological & mythological symbolism of The Twins doesn't necessarily lie in identical genetics. After-all, it was not Helen & Pollux, demigod children of Zeus, that became known as the Gemini twins.

Rather, the symbolic significance seems to lie in the duality represented through the pair of half-twins.


DUALITY; As Above, So Below...

As above, so below; the entire practice of Astrology lies within this philosophy. In a nutshell, this philosophical statement defines that: All which happens on earth, is reflected & represented through occurrences in the skies.

"[As Above, So Below] The phrase expresses the concept of microcosm and macrocosm: that smaller systems – particularly the human body – are miniature versions of the larger universe. By understanding these smaller systems, you can understand the larger, and vice versa." - Catherine Beyer

The birth of Pollux (son of a god) & Castor (son of human) - and the deep bond that exists between the half-twins, serves to express an inherent duality in all of humanity. We are all borne from mother earth, but we are also all touched by the divine magic of the sky. We are earthly and heavenly. We are bodies of flesh & bones, anchored to earth - but we are also divine consciousness, connected to the celestial skies beyond earth's atmosphere.

That is the true symbolism behind the Gemini constellation & it's representation within Astrology.

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